NAACP’s President Responds To Recent Article Appearing In the News


Dr. Prince Jackson, Jr.
Dr. Prince Jackson, Jr.

After hearing from at least 10 persons who read an article submitted to the news media by Ms. Felecisa Halton, it is apparent that there is an erroneous impression, intentional or unintentional , that I am not a candidate for reelection to be president of the Savannah Branch NAACP. Let me state unequivocally that I am a candidate for reelection. This response was not written earlier because all of the time and energy of the local Branch was expended in the efforts to elect the first African American President of the United States of America in the person of U.S. Senator Barack Obama. The efforts of millions of Americans were successful because by the Grace of God, what was thought to be not possible at this time of our existence, became a reality. The Savannah Branch registered nearly 1000 new voters and assist heavily in providing transportation to get many citizens to the polls to cast their ballots.

The Nominating Committee of the Branch made its report to the members on October 18, 2008 at Palen United Methodist Church. Alderman Clifton Jones presided at the meeting. The report was approved and Mr. Jones called for additional nominations from the floor. After no person offered a nomination, Mrs. Halton nominated herself. After being told that self nominations were not allowed, but additional nominations could be made via petitions from members in good standing. After no one offered to file a petition for Ms. Halton, and it was apparent that she really wanted to run, I offered to file a petition on her behalf but it needed additional signatures.

After a brief silence, Ms. Solona P1aines who came to the meeting with Ms. Halton offered her name in support of the petition. Although I talked with Ms. Halton about running for an Executive Committee membership she was adamant about running for the office of president. Since I had committed to file a petition on her behalf, I went through with it. In a nutshell, that is why there are two persons running.

In the election, which, is being held at the Branch Office, 918-B Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on November 20, 2008, only members in good standing can vote. A member in good standing, is one whose membership has been current since September 20, 2008, or is a Life Member or Subscribing Life Member. Identification of a voter may be required. A current NAACP membership card can be used to established eligibility for voting.

If the reader of this article has any questions regarding its accuracy and veracity he/she may call someone who was present at the meeting. I will appreciate your vote.

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